Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy[PDF / Epub] ✓ Pat Conroy ★ Bernie Schein – For Pat Conroy fans a loving laughter filled homage to a loyal big hearted friendPat Conroy the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini among many other books was beloved by mi For Pat Conroy fans a loving laughter filled homage to a loyal big hearted friendPat Conroy the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini among many other books was beloved by millions of readers Bernie Schein was his best friend from the time they met in a high school pickup basketball game in Beaufort South Carolina until Conroy’s death in Both were popular athletes but also outsiders as a Jew and a Catholic military brat in the small town Bible Belt South and they bonded Wise ass and smart aleck loudmouths both they shared an ebullient sense of humor and romanticism were mesmerized by the highbrow and reveled in the low and would sacrifice entire evenings and afternoons to endless conversation As young teachers in the Beaufort area and later in Atlanta they were activists in the civil rights struggle and against institutional racism and bigotry Bernie knew intimately the private family story of the Conroys and his friend’s difficult relationship with his Marine Corps colonel father that Pat would draw on repeatedly in his fiction A love letter and homage and a way to share the Pat he knew this book collects Bernie’s cherished memories about the gregarious welcoming larger than life man who remained his best friend even during the years they didn’t speak It offers a trove of insights and anecdotes that will be treasured by Pat Conroy’s many devoted fans.


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  • Hardcover
  • Pat Conroy
  • Bernie Schein
  • English
  • 23 December 2016

10 thoughts on “Pat Conroy

  1. Donna says:

    I first read Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini when I was the young wife of a Marine Corps pilot The book had just come out and I wasn’t aware at the time of Conroy’s earlier books The Boo and The Water is Wide The Great Santini was taken from the author’s own life as the son of a Marine Corps fighter pilot who drank to excess and regularly and brutally beat up his wife and children both with his words and with his fists The story took my breath away because unfortunately I could relate all too well I fell in love with the writer who had buried his pain and rage for so many years until he finally felt compelled to fictionalize it in a tender funny agonizing and beautifully worded novel I fell deeply in love with Pat Conroy after I read his next book The Lords of Discipline as he once again turned his past this time his school years at The Citadel into a novel depicting the beauty brutality and racism he experienced or witnessed there Through these two books I learned how a man so deeply damaged and flawed by his past could still retain a love of words of place and of honor a man who didn’t think living these ideals made him less of a man Sadly I hadn’t ever really known that a male could be this way until through his words I met Pat Conroy So in a way he changed my life or at least the way I viewed an essential part of it I continued to read through the years all his novels and I learned and about the man through his writings The Prince of Tides is probably my favorite in terms of the beauty of his language Conroy could take a location a thought a feeling and meld it into something so beautiful that the words would simply take your breath away Probably needless to say after all this is that he is my favorite writer And most especially my favorite Southern writer He loved his South his Lowcountry so much that he could make anyone else love it as well However I also know that the demons of his past still weighed heavily on him and every novel he wrote reflects that in some way It’s one of the great sorrows of my life that I never got a chance to meet Pat Conroy before he died a few years ago but that fact brings me to how much I wanted to read this book by his best friend Bernie Schein “Yes finally at last we get to the book review” I’m sure you’re thinking This is a good book about Pat Conroy Not a great one but very good I learned so much about him his relationships with others including his family and the sorrow and joy they provided him and that he in kind gave to those he loved or met The book gives a lot of detail about Pat’s marriages and children rifts and broken relationships tenderness and reparations It explains how some of Pat's stories hurt family members who saw themselves in his characters Yet at no time did I sense that the book was gossipy or a tell all Pat himself had been honest through the years about the darkness in his life and he laughed at much of it He was honest about his father about his beautiful mother and the grace and passion for words that she instilled in him This is a deeply emotional book by a friend who still loves Pat dearly and wants the world to know him his humor and his selflessness and who knows just as Pat did that all of his pain made his writing exuisite and relatable to the many readers who fell in love with him as I did The one thing that kept me from giving the book a 5 star rating or thinking that it’s a great book about Pat is that Bernie Schein spends many pages talking about himself To his credit usually all those pages at some stage point back to Pat and the friendship between the two Bernie also seems to love Bernie uite a bit as well I overlooked some of that because he’s funny and just because I know Pat cherished him so much but it did tend to get annoying when he seemed to be promoting himself here and there as the best the brightest the funniest in all the worldI’m glad I read this book It was a wonderful tribute to Pat Conroy a man who I believe than any other writer I've read excels in reaching down into our hearts to find truth and beauty among the bruised baggage that we’re so often afraid to lift the lid on in the light of day Thank you to NetGalley and Skyhorse and Arcade Publishing for this ARC in exchange for my honest review 4 stars

  2. Erin says:

    Thanks to Netgalley for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review Admittedly it's my mother that is the Pat Conroy fan She's read all his books many times I on the other hand have only read Beach Music which IMHO is one of the best books I have ever read But in reading this it's not necessarily a need to be a fan of Pat Conroy This book is about the friendship or bromance if you so wish between Irish Catholic American Pat Conroy and Jewish American Bernie Schein friends since their school years and both authors in their own right I liked that Schein was honest in who Pat Conroy the man was warts and all Although I wouldn't say this book was riveting it was certainly informative Goodreads review published 010819Publication Date 030919

  3. Olivia Stiffler says:

    A beautiful tribute to Pat Conroy and a beautiful ode to friendship

  4. Mandy says:

    An honest and insightful memoir about the author’s lifelong friendship with writer Pat Conroy He explores their relationship in sometimes painful detail but never with malice or bitterness and the portrait of Conroy that emerges is vivid and sympathetic An enjoyable and entertaining read

  5. Sam Sattler says:

    When it came to exposing his personal life in print Pat Conroy seems to have had little fear despite knowing that numerous members of his family were not going to appreciate his decision to air the family’s dirty laundry in so public a manner Conroy was so frank about himself and his upbringing that longtime readers of his work easily could see that the man was still carrying emotional baggage from his childhood but few outsiders could know just how heavy that burden was Now Bernie Schein Pat’s lifetime best friend despite a fifteen year interruption to their friendship takes up where Pat left off Many Pat Conroy fans came to consider him a personal friend over the decades they read him so for obvious reasons Schein’s Pat Conroy Our Lifelong Friendship is not an easy book to read – it just hurts too much to watch a friend suffer the way Pat suffered It is however a book that Pat Conroy fans owe it to themselves and to Pat to readBernie Schein was a senior in Beaufort High School South Carolina when military brat Pat Conroy entered the school as a junior It was soon obvious that Conroy was going to be a star athlete despite the resentment of the school’s seniors who would have preferred that he fail What was not immediately so obvious is that he was also going to become a huge social star among the school’s freshmen sophos and juniors And after Bernie invited Pat to the very first school party of any type he would ever attend the two became friends for the rest of their livesTheir friendship started in a 1961 Beaufort High School study hall and it would not end until the two men said their goodbyes at Pat’s deathbed on March 4 2016 Along the way Pat Bernie and the rest of their crew managed to avoid the Viet Nam War while Pat and Bernie prepared for careers as school teachers and writers The two shared a sense of humor that usually saw them trading one verbal putdown after another any time they were together Each gave as well as he got but largely due to his alcoholism and the damage that Santini did to his soul Pat’s vulnerabilities and insecurities were sometimes expressed in bursts of sudden anger and an uncanny ability to hold a grudge for reasons that were often only imagined Yes this is a book for Pat Conroy fans but as one of those fans I have to warn you that you will come away from it a little saddened by some of the things you learn about Pat’s interactions with those closest to him For that reason this is not always an easy book to read But Pat especially near the end of his life expressed a desire to be as honest with his fans as he could possibly be He was willing to talk about anything and everything and Bernie Schein makes sure here that Pat gets his wish Pat would have approvedMore than anything in the world Pat Conroy wanted to be the hero in his world and he worked hard to play that role – often to his own detriment Little did he realize how big a hero he always was to his readers

  6. Peter Riva says:

    There are biographies undertaken with acidulous application to facts and data years of research and then a coalescing of all that into a readable text and then there are personal accounts call it a memoire biography that give the reader a true feel of the subject This is the latter Each may be eually valuable when seen 200 years from now However each have a different appeal to a different audience Both may be non fiction but the memoire biography is not only an engaging read but allows a closer relationship in this case with Pat Conroy engendering admiration understanding and yes a desire to revisit his wonderful stories In that sense this wonderful book becomes a journey into hours of reading pleasure that otherwise would have been colored differently It is a uniue way for a biography to serve such a function

  7. Angela Knight says:

    I read The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy in graduate school and decided to read it a second time as an adult with experience in education As I expected the memoir meant even to me now and I wanted to learn about Pat Conroy so then I chose to read Pat Conroy Our Lifelong Friendship written by Bernie Schein In this biography Schein’s words drives the reader from Conroy’s high school years careers social activism friendships relationships family life and death in 2016 The book takes the reader through the breadth of Pat Conroy’s life and friendship with Bernie Schein and is a must read for Conroy fans who want a glimpse into the life of one of the South’s most beloved and admired authorsPat Conroy and Bernie Schein became friends while attending high school during turbulent times in the South where activists were fighting for an end to institutional racism Schein being Jewish and Conroy being an implanted Catholic and military child in Beaufort I believe could relate to the feeling of being on the outside of a Southern town’s inner circle Schein goes into detail exploring the events during this time and the influence it had on Conroy and how he Conroy fought for eual rights among races especially in terms of public education Pat Conroy was a teacher and had a first hand view of how racism affected public education It was during these difficult times that his teaching career ended and he became a writerAs a budding writer penning The Water Is Wide Pat Conroy writes about his experiences as a teacher on Daufuskie Island Soon after a movie based on the book Conrack is made and his writing career bloomed from there Schein discusses other works written by Conroy and the movies that followed suit Reading through the biography there are often uotes from Conroy’s major works such as The Water Is Wide The Great Santini The Prince of Tides etc The author also goes into detail about the relationship between Pat Conroy and his editors which helps one understand the life of a professional writerI found Schein’s biography very Conroy in that the happiest times and darkest times of life are discussed in terms of friendships relationships careers relocation depression and addiction to name a few Schein’s writing is emotionally raw at times showing the true love and honor he hadhas for his best friend He allows the reader to meet Conroy’s circle of friends learn some logistics of a Jewish owned grocery store of the South and the dichotomy of public schools within one region New friends separated friendships friendships where the water becomes wide but narrow again are all part of Conroy’s life that Schein writes about Certain passages in the biography are a walk through SC history from local Beaufort politics the Columbia Esso station how desegregation shaped daycare needs nutrition and health for southern childrenA theme throughout this work is family Schein writes about Conroy’s nuclear family three marriages children stepchildren and the challenges and love of family life Learning about Conroy’s family allows the reader to understand his books since his familial relationships often provided inspiration for his writingOne of my favorite parts of the book is when Schein mentions that everyone can be a narcissist when grieving If you have dealt with grief or are doing so now this book may console you as a reader as it did myself Many of us have loved and lost and Schein by writing this book is working his way through the emotions of losing his best friend I fell in love with Pat Conroy Our Lifelong Friendship by Schein because it is about one of my favorite authors and is a story of an underdog surviving the hardships of life while experiencing the joys and success life can bring I find a James Joyce influence to Schein’s writing and would love an index to be included in the work

  8. Val says:

    Pat Conroy is probably my favorite author His writing is so beautiful Since he has passed I have enjoyed reading books written by others about him This book by Bernie Schein doesn't disappoint You get the good the bad the uglyand the absolutely wonderful about Pat as your read this memoir Bernie and Pat became friends in high school so there are many stories to share

  9. Dana says:

    Overall I really enjoyed this book It was an entertaining and interesting read I'm not sure it will appeal to anyone who isn't already a Pat Conroy or Bernie Schein fan I happen to be a Pat Conroy fan so as soon as I saw the title I was interested I enjoyed seeing their friendship and history through Bernie's eyes Reading about people I was already familiar with through Pat from a different point of view helped me see a fuller picture of their experiences I also feel like this book is both a wonderful tribute to Pat and a heartfelt tale of friendship which shows the love and messiness that can come with deep long lasting relationships especially when at least one of the friends has lived through deep trauma There were a couple of typos that I couldn't get past ya'll should be y'all It's a somewhat common mistake but a mistake nonetheless; Paris Island is mentioned several times I'm also from the lowcountry and it's Parris;' form for from when he was discussing the writing of Storms of Auarius; and now for know further down when he was discussing Pat spilling the beans to Clark SeltzerBernie Schein's Pat Conroy Our Lifelong Friendship is a book about their friendship It's not merely a biography of Pat Conroy This is a memoir where Bernie's life growth and relationships factor in as much as if not than his experiences with Pat Expecting otherwise may lead to disappointmentI received this complimentary ARC via NetGalley to read and review

  10. Gretchen Maas-Scott says:

    Pat Conroy Our Lifelong Friendship by Bernie Schein is a fabulous loving and insightful book about Pat Conroy We attended Beaufort HS in Beaufort SC Bernie and I were the Class of '62 and Pat was the Class of '63 We were truly blessed to have Pat as a friend Pat and I were Marine Corps brats so we lived near each other near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Pat was President of the CYO Catholic Youth Organization and I was VP but Pat was usually practicing basketball so I was in charge of the class Pat was also an altar boy at the base chapel He cut a fine figure in his altar boy vestments Bernie had me laughing at sooo many things in his bookand crying at others Pat had demons but I never saw them; he was such a kind caringand good looking young He came to a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Virginia Beach in '96 I hadn't seen him since we left Beaufort in '66 when my dad was transferred to the Chicago area I wrote to Pat in the various cities where he lived while writing his books When we saw each other at the book signing for Beach Music he knew exactly who I was gave me a kiss and I have a photo of him There will NEVER be another Pat Conroy nor will there be another Bernie Schein They made going to class every day an adventureI was lucky to be mentioned in Chapter One of Bernie's book What an honor Gretchen Maas Scott

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